BATAVIA — A longtime emergency dispatcher pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing images of child pornography.

James E. Tripp, 58, will face 90 days in jail and 10 years of probation, along with having to register as an offender with the New York State Sex Offender Registry in a deal worked out in Genesee County Court.

Tripp retired as an emergency dispatcher for Genesee County in 2016 after serving for 22 years. During that time, Tripp won numerous awards, including twice being honored with the sheriff’s Distinguished Service Award.

Tripp also was given the New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s 2014 Emergency Communicator’s Award.”

He was arrested in January after a state police investigation that began in October. At the time, he was charged with three counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child. He was working part-time as a dispatcher at the time of his arrest.

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